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Oct 18, 2013 09:46 AM
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Shake Shack coming to Austin!!!

For everyone that has eaten at Shake Shack in NYC, this is really exciting news. They are scheduled to open their first Texas restaurant in the new development where Lamar Plaza used to be & will open in the fall of 2014!

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  1. Holy smokes! EXCELLENT news.

    Where did Lamar Plaza used to be?

    I've spent 4 play weekends after works-weeks in NYC in the past couple months.

    I didn't choose to spend 2 hours to wait in line for a Cronut or a Ramen burger, but did spend 30 min waiting for a Shake Shack burger, Totally delicious thin burger, smushy bun, good cheese, perfect crinkle fries.

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    1. re: sweet100s

      The frozen custard, too. Fantastic joint.

      1. re: sweet100s

        Lamar Plaza is at South Lamar & Treadwell. It's where the south Austin Alamo theater & Highball were located. They are building a new development there and across the street at a new development at South Lamar & Gibson will be located Odd Duck! It's going to be a dining mecca!

      2. Is it just me or do crinkle cut fries somehow actually taste better than any other? I used to find them at a diary queen in rural maryland as a kid and just couldn't get enough.

        this is exciting news and I've never even heard of the place.

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        1. re: slowcoooked

          I've never had good fast food crinkle fries, with the exception of Mighty Fine's, which are excellent.

          Culver's, White Castle, Crystal's, Church's; the fries are all pretty bad. I haven't had Burger King's new ones (nor will I, barring an unforeseen dining mishap).

          I'll try Shake Shack's as soon as I get the chance.

          1. re: tom in austin

            Tom, there's a brand of crinkle cut that you can find in HEB that's quite good. It starts with an A_____

            I've tried their waffle cut fries, tater tots, and I believe their crinkle cuts for hamburger night. All yummy. The waffle cuts are my favorite because they have a parmesan taste to them.

            I'll remember the brand name at some point or check my freezer for remains of a bag.

            1. re: sweet100s

              Alexia is the name of the fried potato (and onion ring) people. I buy the Hill Country Fare brand of seasoned fries and the potato wedges, which are both pretty excellent - especially the wedges. Have never met a crinkle cut fry I've liked - expecially the ones that used to come in the Swanson's TV Dinners ;-)

              -sw

            2. re: tom in austin

              I too love those mighty fine fries. smaller than the average crinkle cut but fantastic.

            3. re: slowcoooked

              Shake Shack has slowly been removing the crinkle cut fries from the menu.

              They're now implementing freshly cut skinny fries. Two locations in NYC already have them.

            4. never to be confuses with Steak and Shake.. which is yucccckkkky

              1. I recently had the Mushroom Burger in NYC. It was definitely a yummy little greasebomb but not worth the 30 minute wait. I'm also not a fan of crinkle fries, especially when they aren't crispy, which these weren't, and for the record I don't see what all the hype about Hop Daddy is about, either.

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                1. re: theonlyLPJ

                  heh, hypedoddy. indeed. bartlett's makes a better burger.

                    1. re: theonlyLPJ

                      Bartlett's to me is one of the most consistently good restaurants in town. They make a great burger and even better french dip. Not cheap. The dip is 20 bones. But the service and quality are good every time. And their grill imparts a nice smoke flavor on their meats and fishes. Grilled fish sammie of the day is always great as well, as are the brussel sprouts with a citrus / maple / anchovy sauce. unbeatable. And for this bourbon guy, they pour a generous Maker's Mark rocks. Weekends they put a good chili on that burger as well. And their fries are the ultra skinny version.

                      1. re: slowcoooked

                        I'll have to check it out, thanks. Those brussels sprouts sound divine!

                        1. re: slowcoooked

                          Seconding what slowcooked said.

                          Just had a Bartlett's burger earlier this week. Delicious as always.

                          Other things notable about Bartletts - excellent service. They clearly have been trained on team service. Every time I've been there, multiple servers notice when I'm going low on iced tea, multiple servers take away extra dishes.

                          Also notable about Bartlett's: All their salad dressings are homemade. I've enjoyed their parm garlic and green goddess.

                          I didn't know they had good brussell sprouts!

                          Edit: I really enjoy Hopdoddy's Magic Shroom burger as well. And I marvel at Hopdoddy's overall process design and efficiency.

                          But Bartlett's burger seem's so classic.

                          1. re: sweet100s

                            +1. Bartlett's isn't trendy or faddish, but I just don't think I've ever had a bad meal there. Even their seasonal vegetable plate is really tasty to this avowed carnivore. and those artichokes, and that prime rib. Maybe they are a little too proud of some of their stuff, but i'm afraid if they knocked a few bucks off, quality might suffer, and it's one of my go-tos.

                            1. re: willtryanythingonce

                              Sorry for also highjacking this thread.
                              First, I love Bartlett's. Their steaks are highly underrated. I like the atmosphere, all the appetizers I've had, especially the grilled artichokes.
                              Now, I have only had the burger once, about a year ago, but i found it overrated, and at about $13, if i remember the price correctly, overpriced. I thought it was under seasoned, not thick enough for the price, and i didn't like the giant pile of shredded lettuce that they put on it.
                              I'd possibly try it again, but there are things on the menu that i know i like, that i'd probably eat instead.

                              1. re: TroyTempest

                                I'll share the blame on the hijacking TroyTempest. Have you had the french dip? I like the burger especially with chili on the weekends, but have gotten to a point where the extra 7 bucks for the french dip (yes, it's a bit much at 20 bucks a sandwich) is something I gladly pay for every time now. i just can't stop.

                                1. re: slowcoooked

                                  OK, so I'm new to CH and I so don't want to step on toes here. About this hijacking business, can someone please explain the etiquette to me? Did I initiate the hijack when I dissed Hopdoddy & asked slowcooked if he recommended Bartlett's? Am I further hijacking by asking this question here? Ack!
                                  Please inform. Thanks!

                                  1. re: theonlyLPJ

                                    i am speaking a bit out of school..because I think there is a fine line between a highjacking and a evolution of a conversation....

                                    1. re: theonlyLPJ

                                      actually I have been posting 9 years here and I'm not actually sure, despite my tongue in cheek apology, what that means either. I think in this case girloftheworld is right, it just evolved naturally. As it should.

                                      Maybe some sage hounder can comment?

                                      1. re: slowcoooked

                                        Hey, How bout BBQ in Lockhart? I had a decent sandwich at Little Deli. OMG - did I just hijack? Please flag this! ;-)

                                        1. re: rudeboy

                                          Agree with girloftheworld.

                                          Baaaaaad bad rudeboy gives us a clear demonstration of hijacking. Consider yourself flagged rb ! I would say, "Mods, do something!" But they might take me seriously. :eek:

                                          All that being said, it is rare to see people concerned with their online decorum. How often does that happen?

                    2. Shake Shack opens today! I got to go to the preview party last night and blogged about it. Cliff's notes: they've incorporated some local products into their offerings here (Kreuz's jalapeno sausage on a burger and they have an ice cream treat that is made in collab with Uchi/Uchiko). I thought the burgers were very tasty and the fries were amazing, though I'm not usually much of a fan of crinkle cut fries. I hope they are able to keep the quality up long-term.

                      http://foodieisthenewforty.blogspot.c...

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                      1. re: Optimista

                        I only had them during SXSW. I was disappointed but outside on an improvised grill isn't the best way to have food prepared or eat it.

                        1. re: Rptrane

                          Me, too. Let's just say it's one of those things I would get only if I'm nearby and they're free. My palate is probably too mundane; I just don't get what all the hype is about. (Is hype ever 'about' anything?)

                        2. re: Optimista

                          great review Optimista, thanks! the blog photo capturing the crispy edges of the burger is particularly enticing and I can nearly taste those huge cucumber slices. can't wait to go.

                          1. re: Optimista

                            Thanks Optimista, my work buddy and I went for lunch, arrived around 11:30 a.m. and waited 20 min. in line, and another 10 after ordering or so for my Shack Stack - an american and munster cheese stuffed fried portabella mushroom atop a cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, shack sauce (a horseradishy mayo based savory sauce). That, and an order of the crinkle cut fries and tap water came to 13.49. We both thought the burgers were solid, the meat of good quality and flavor, crispy edges, etc., (his just a classic double cheeseburger) and the fries very good. Parking in the garage out back was frenetic, but we made it. a small car would be best. My truck was a bit unwieldy. Also there's no marked pedestrian walk, making it a tad confusing and unsafe really. From UT main campus, the lunch required 90 minutes so it cannot be on our regular rotation. Also it's a couple to few bucks overpriced for this daily eat-outer to do very often. But I give it a solid B+. The space as mentioned is really nice. Clean, well decorated and put together. Not sure if I can say the fries are as good as mighty fine crinkles though. They're both very good.

                            1. re: slowcoooked

                              I foresee people sneaking bags into the draft house ASAP. Esp since the draft house food blows

                              1. re: Rptrane

                                that's a little harsh. They have some decent pizza. Actually better than decent

                              2. re: slowcoooked

                                Enjoyed reading your thoughts, slowcooked. I was surprised at your receipt total but just checked the menu and see that the Shack Stack is a bit more pricey than some of their other offerings, I guess because there are basically two proteins on it. I apparently need to try the crinkle fries at Mighty Fine - are they nice and crunchy? Mealy crinkle fries are the bane of my existence.

                                1. re: Optimista

                                  Optimista they get you on the double patties, whether it's a double meat, or a meat and veg, or sausage. It adds almost 4 bucks to a 5-6 dollar burger. So if you don't do any doublings, you can leave under 10.

                                  As for the mighty fine crinkles, they're skinnier than the aforementioned, and to me crunchy and not mealy. But it's possible I haven't been distracted by mealy ones in my past, so I can't promise they're not at Mighty fine. But their smaller size and crunchy-ness may mean you need to give them a shot.

                                  1. re: slowcoooked

                                    As long as crunchy-ness is involved, I should be good to go. Taking notes - thanks for the tip!

                                    1. re: Optimista

                                      I'm with Slowcooked on the Mighty Fine crinkle fries. Hands down my favorite fast food fries in ATX. Skinny, crispy, salty, perfect.

                                      One day I'll get to try Shake Shack. Until then, I'll continue on my low carb diet :(

                                      1. re: foodiegal71

                                        Has anyone else tried Freddie's? They're not Frans (on Congress), but they've done a good job easing the pain.

                                        1. re: amysuehere

                                          I tried the burger at Freddie's and found it unremarkable amysuehere. Not saying that it was bad or anything. What do you like there?

                                          1. re: crippstom

                                            I like the squished patties and the crispy edges and how the cheese melts into the patties. Reminds me of Rosco's in El Paso (only wish I could get it with green chiles).

                                        2. re: foodiegal71

                                          yeah, those crinkles are not on my low carb diet either Foodiegal71. I get to Mighty Fine once a month and splurge. Lots of cruciferous and meat meals in between.